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Acne Treatments & Products


Reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts with the SkinCeuticals range of acne treatment products to prohibit the production of excess sebum and eliminate the build-up of pore-clogging dead cells. Introducing an effective acne skin care routine can work to treat acne-related lesions such as comedones, papules, pustules, nodes or cysts to create healthier, less congested skin. Discover the range of acne creams, cleansers, serums and toners to enhance skin smoothness and radiance with efficient desquamation.

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Acne is a skin condition characterised by blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed blemishes on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and beyond. Common in teenagers and adults alike, acne generally forms when a hair follicle becomes clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. An effective skin care regimen, featuring a cleansertonerserum and cream for acne, is crucial to eliminating the build-up of dead skin cells and therefore the formation of pimples.


What causes acne?

A variety of factors contribute to acne, and a combination of bacteria, excess oil, and clogged pores are known to play a major role. Acne often begins with a build-up of dead skin cells and oil within a pore, which forms a “plug” that blocks its opening and creates an environment that allows P. acnes bacteria to multiply. The overgrowth of this bacteria leads to the redness and inflammation associated with blemishes, which can occur occasionally in one specific spot or consistently over a larger area of the face and/or body. This inflammation can also trigger more acne formation.

Hormonal fluctuations and stress can increase breakouts as well, and some clinical studies have found that certain foods like dairy and sugar (and other high-glycaemic index foods) can also impact the complexion. In addition, it’s especially important for acne-prone skin types to choose targeted acne treatments and products that are “non-comedogenic,” which means they will not cause the pores to become clogged.

What acne skin care products are most effective?

Skin care products for acne that promote the skin’s natural exfoliation are essential for any anti-acne treatment. Regular exfoliation with ingredients such as salicylic acid can help the build-up of dead cells that can cause the pores to become clogged. The exfoliation provided by acids and  retinol can also help improve the appearance of  skin discolouration caused by past acne, enhance skin smoothness, and promote more even, radiant skin tone.

SkinCeuticals acne skin care products include  LHA Acne CleanserLHA Acne Toner,  and  Blemish + Age Defense Acne Serum.  This range provides acid-based exfoliation to help clear away dead cells and help to prevent clogged pores, refine surface texture, and provide brightening benefits for the skin.  Retinol 0.3  in the evening (as tolerated) complements the results achieved with the LHA and Blemish + Age acne products by further enhancing cell turnover to maintain clear pores, while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and discolouration caused by sun damage and past acne marks.  discoloration  caused by sun damage and past acne marks.

Oily and acne-prone skin types require extra hydration as well. A non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturiser  with hyaluronic acid, such as  Phyto Corrective Gel serum for acne, is ideal for hydrating the skin without clogging the pores.

Sunscreen  is another essential daily skincare product for acne-prone skin. First, it’s a myth that sun exposure helps clear up acne. Although a suntan may improve the appearance of acne at first, the damage and dryness caused by exposure to UV rays can cause an increased production of sebum, increasing the likelihood of an acne breakout. A properly formulated non-comedogenic sunscreen can help to protect oily and acne-prone skin from UV rays without clogging pores.

What is the best acne fighting ingredient?

There is no universal blemish-fighting ingredient in acne products as different skin types have different needs. However, exfoliation with ingredients like salicylic acid are commonly found in effective acne treatments due to their ability to prevent pores from becoming clogged with dead skin cells.

Retinol and exfoliating acids are particularly effective for those who are also concerned about visible signs of  aging. In addition to helping prevent clogged pores, these ingredients also help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and other age-related skin changes.

How do you get rid of dark spots from acne?

Lingering pigment changes in the form of dark spots are common after blemishes have healed—and  discolouration  caused by past pimples (also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) can remain long after acne is under control. Retinol, as well as lipo-hydroxy acid glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin where post acne pigment resides to help promote even skin tone and restore radiance in acne-prone skin.

SkinCeuticals  Blemish + Age Defense Acne Serum 
has been shown to improve active pimples and post-acne dark spots. In a split-face, double-blind clinical trial, this serum for acne provided greater improvement in skin tone and blotchiness, as well as fine lines and rough skin texture, than a prescription retinoid.

Are chemical peels safe for skin with acne?

When performed by a physician or properly-trained skincare specialist, these professional treatments can help clear congested pores and improve post-acne dark spots by promoting the exfoliation of the skin’s uppermost layers. Chemical peels that incorporate salicylic acid penetrate the pores and dissolve excess sebum. Professional salicylic acid peels are generally superficial, so there’s little to no downtime—and a series of treatments is recommended for overall skin improvement. Visit a  Skinceuticals professional  who performs chemical peels to help improve skin’s appearance with an effective acne treatment.

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Phyto Corrective Essence Hydrating Mist

Phyto Corrective Essence Hydrating Mist is formulated with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and a blend of botanical extracts to strengthen the skin's barrier, provide hydration and reduce visible signs of redness. Enhance moisture in the skin with a calming facial mist spray that can be applied both before and after makeup for an instant boost of hydration at any time of day.

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